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by Andrew Sacher

photo by Colin Medley
Andy Shauf

Canada's Andy Shauf is on tour now, having played NYC with The Weather Station earlier this month, and with two more stops here coming up. One starts in about 30 minutes at Central Park SummerStage TONIGHT (7/27) opening for Dawes and First Aid Kit. He also opens part of the Low tour, including NYC's MHOW on 9/24 (tickets). All of his dates are listed below.

Andy's newest album is The Bearer of Bad News, which is mostly in the folk and singer/songwriter realms, but keeps things minimal and somber. You can stream the album and watch the video for "I'm Not Falling Asleep" below...

Continue reading "Andy Shauf on tour, playing NYC with Dawes & First Aid Kit tonight, with Low in September (dates, LP stream, video)"

photos by Greg Cristman

Dr John

The legendary Dr. John saw his 40+ year reinvigorated this current decade with the release of 2012's Dan Auerbach-produced Locked Down. (He since followed it with a Louie Armstrong tribute album last year.) He's on tour now, having just hit the NYC-area for two Long Island shows over the weekend: The Space at Westbury on Saturday (7/25) and Westhampton Beach PAC on Sunday (7/26). We caught the latter, which gave us some of Locked Down, some Louis Armstrong, and also classics like "Walk On Guilded Splinters" and "Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya." Pictures of that one are in this post.

Dr. John's tour continues, hitting Connecticut on Tuesday (7/28), and comes to NYC proper for a free Central Park SummerStage show on Saturday (8/1). That's a daytime show (3 PM) and Amy Helm (who backed Roger Waters at Newport Folk Fest over the weekend) is opening. All of Dr. John's dates are listed, with more pictures, below.

Continue reading "Dr. John on tour, played Long Island, playing a free Central Park SummerStage show w/ Amy Helm (pics, dates)"

photo: Bombino at Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bombino

African guitarist Bombino has achieved worldwide acclaim, and probably owes at least part of his success with U.S. rock fans to his 2013 album on Nonesuch, Nomad, which The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach produced. He's currently on a North American tour as we speak, which comes through the NYC-area this weekend.

First he plays a free Central Park SummerStage show on Saturday (7/25). If that wasn't exciting enough, it's being opened by hyped Scottish alt-rap group Young Fathers and blues singer Fantastic Negrito. That's a day show, going from 2-7 PM. Then on Sunday, Bombino heads to NJ for the XPoNential Music Festival.

He also plays NYC again in 2016 at The Apollo on March 26. That's the 'Africa Now!' show that also includes Mokoomba, Alsarah & the Nubatones and Jojo Abot. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Young Fathers' newest album is this year's White Men Are Black Men Too. That follows last year's Dead, which won the Mercury Prize and made multiple best-of-2014 lists. You can stream WMABMT, with a music video from Bombino's Nomad, and a video of Fantastic Negrito's NPR Tiny Desk Concert, below.

Continue reading "Bombino touring, playing free Central Park SummerStage show this weekend w/ Young Fathers & Fantastic Negrito"

No Sunday Driving

Algiers are continuing to support their self-titled debut album on Matador with more dates, including NYC on September 18 at Mercury Lounge and October 11 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (7/24) at noon.

Scottish pop trio CHVRCHES have a small sold-out MHOW show this week, and will also play the much larger Central Park SummerStage on September 29 after their new album is out. Tickets go on presale today at noon (anyone know the password?) with the general on-sale starting Friday at noon.

Are you on board with the nu-metal revival? Do you care that Korn are playing their self-titled debut in full at Irving Plaza on October 5 and Wellmont Theater on October 6? If you do, you can get tickets in one of the various presales. General on-sale starts Friday at 10 AM.

Winnipeg hardcore band Comeback Kid return to NYC to open for Stray From the Path on October 24 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets are on Live Nation/Music Geeks presales now (pw: musicgeeks). General on-sale starts Friday at 10 AM.

Tickets for the newly-added My Morning Jacket shows at Beacon Theatre -- one with Cass McCombs, one with Craig Finn -- go on AmEx/Chase/radio presales at noon.

Tickets for the Mayhem and Watain show at MHOW go on AmEx presale at noon.

Tickets for the Empress Of show at MHOW go on AmEx presale at noon.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Flatbush Zombies at SXSW 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Flatbush Zombies

Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers have a big Central Park SummerStage show on July 7 coming up (tickets). That show ends at 10 PM, but Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers will also play another show later that night at Highline Ballroom. Doors are at 11:15 PM. Tickets are on sale.

Speaking of rap shows at Central Park SummerStage, rapper Young Thug is playing there on September 17 with trap producer RL Grime. Opening that show is Mr. Carmack. Tickets are on sale. You can watch the video for "Check" off Young Thug's recent Barter 6, below.

RL Grime also recently put out the new song "Scylla (VIP)," which you can stream below.

In other rap news, Vince Staples will be in NYC soon for the XXL Freshmen show on June 30 at Best Buy Theater with DeJ Loaf, Fetty Wap, GoldLink, Raury, Tink and more (tickets). Earlier that day, Vince will give a discussion and performance at Apple Store SoHo from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM. His debut album, Summertime '06, is streaming now and the video for "Señorita" is below.

There's also two more chances to catch Fetty Wap in and around NYC after that. Fetty Wap & The Remy Boyz will play Stage 48 on July 8 (tickets), and Fetty will open for... Chris Brown on August 30 at Jones Beach (tickets). In case you live under a rock and haven't heard it, you can listen to Fetty Wap's unstoppable "Trap Queen" below.

Stitches

One last one for now: Viral rapper Stitches (pictured above) will play The Studio at Webster Hall on July 23 with local staples Main Attrakionz. His virality comes from his song "Brick In Yo Face," which was uploaded to YouTube last year and now has over 6 million views, and maybe also because of those face tattoos. The song (which later appeared on the No Snitching Is My Statement mixtape, hosted by Waka Flocka's DJ, DJ Ace) sounds a little more fit for Gathering of the Juggalos than a show with a cloud rap duo, but it's not hard to see why it's taking off. If you haven't heard it yet, see what you think, below. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Saturday (6/27) at 10 AM.

All mentioned videos/song streams below...

Continue reading "Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies, Underachievers, Young Thug, RL Grime, Vince Staples, Fetty Wap & more playing NYC shows"

Pete Rock

Hip hop legend Pete Rock, known among other things for his classic 1992 collaboration with CL Smooth, Mecca and the Soul Brother, put out a new instrumental album this week. It's called Petestrumentals 2, and it's the long-awaited sequel to 2001's Petestrumentals. You can stream the whole thing below.

Pete is celebrating the album with a release show at Brooklyn Bowl TONIGHT (6/24), and he's promising a ton of exciting special guest appearances from Smoke DZA, Slum Village, Termanology, Camp Lo, Sean Price, Das EFX, Large Professor and Royal Flush. DJ Natasha Diggs is opening the night, and Pharoahe Monch is hosting. Tickets are available.

Pete's next live appearance is a SummerStage show on July 19 in Queensbridge Park, where he'll be performing alongside a screening of Nas documentary Time Is Illmatic. That goes from 7-9 PM and is totally free.

Petestrumentals 2 album stream below...

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Summersstage

Summer in NYC means SummerStage, mostly-free concerts in Central Park and many other parks around NYC. Who caught Mastodon and Clutch? The Felice Brothers + The Barr Brothers? Charles Bradley?

The series continues TONIGHT (6/11) with the BrooklynVegan-sponsored, annual Duck Down BBQ in Betsy Head Park. It's FREE and runs 6-9pm. Don't be late!

Other upcoming SummerStage shows we're excited about include:

* Basement Jaxx on July 1st in Central Park ($$$)

* Steez Day on July 7 in Central Park featuring Joey BadA$$ and Pro Era with Flatbush ZOMBiES, The Underachievers, Phony PPL, Smoke DZA, Dyme a Duzin, 22 Love, and SMTH ($$$)

* George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic on July 15 in Queensbridge Park (FREE!)

* Father John Misty with Angel Olsen & Summer Moon on August 5 in Central Park (sold out).

* Caribou and Sinkane on August 6 in East River Park (FREE!)

Check out the full schedule for muchhhhh more.

And check out a great interview with Joey BadA$$ over at Gothamist.

Watch a video SummerStage made recapping opening night this year with Tedeschi Trucks Band, below. The Duck Down BBQ flyer is down there too.

Continue reading "SummerStage 2015 is in full swing (Duck Down BBQ today, Basement Jaxx, Caribou, Father John Misty, Joey BadA$$ and more upcoming)"

photo: Sinkane @ Highline Ballroom in January (more by Greg Cristman)
Sinkane

Sinkane will warm up for his appearance at this weekend's Bonnaroo fest with a Brooklyn show on Thursday (6/11) at 501 Union in Gowanus. The show, which is presented by GAP, also features a set from Prefuse 73 keyboardist Ryan Rahseed. Tickets are on sale now. You can also catch Sinkane opening for Caribou at East River Park Summerstage on August 6. That show is free. You may recall Sinkane played as part of the Caribou Vibration Ensemble a few years back.

In other news, we've got the premiere of a remix of Sinkane's "New Name" by Coral D, aka Duncan Stump, one half of DFA artists Mock & Toof and who also runs Tiny Sticks label. Stump maintains the tribal vibe of the original song (from last year's Mean Love), but takes it below the topsoil into darker (more minimal) territory. Stream it below.

Continue reading "Sinkane shares Coral D remix, playing Brooklyn this week, opening for Caribou at SummerStage & other dates"

Duck Down

One of the hip hop shows happening during the 2015 SummerStage season this year is the annual Duck Down BBQ, which takes place June 11 in Betsy Head Park. Like last year, BrooklynVegan is proudly one of the sponsors.

This year's lineup includes Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Sean Price & Rock of Heltah Skeltah, Kirk Knight & CJ Fly of Pro Era, Chelsea Reject, Raz Fresco, Young M.A, DJs Statik Selektah and Mr. Green, and host Peter Rosenberg. It's totally FREE, as is food and gear, and the show goes down from 6-9 PM.

Speaking of SummerStage hip hop shows, tonight (6/2) they ahve Scarface in Red Hook Park.

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Funk legend George Clinton was in NYC last week (5/12) for a talk at Brooklyn Museum as part of the Red Bull Music Academy. The hour-plus conversation touched on his whole career, being sampled and more. You can watch the whole thing below. If you'd like to hear more from him, Clinton released a memoir, Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?, last year.

Clinton will be back in our area soon, but with Parliament-Funkadelic, playing two free NYC shows: Queensbridge Park on July 15 as part of SummerStage, and then Brooklyn's Metrotech Commons on July 16 as part of BAM's free summer R&B Festival. The Metrotech show is at noon, and later that day P-Funk will play another free show, this time at Newark's NJPAC Theatre Square. Originally Clinton was to have played NJPAC on June 10 as part of a "House Party" with Kid n' Play and Full Force, but that was recently cancelled.

Then on July 19, Clinton and P-Funk play The Paramount in Long Island. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All upcoming dates are listed, along with video of Clinton's BAM lecture series, below...

Continue reading "George Clinton talked at Brooklyn Museum (video), touring with Parliament-Funkadelic including four NY-area dates -- three are free"

Joey Bada$$

Joey Bada$$ is set to go on the 'World Domination' tour this spring with Mick Jenkins and Denzel Curry in continued support of this year's B4.DA.$$, and just after that he'll play 'Steez Day' on July 7 at Central Park SummerStage with fellow NYC hip hop pals Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers. Tickets for that stacked bill go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon with a presale starting Thursday (5/7) at 10 AM.

Joey also plays NYC-area fest Hot 97 Summer Jam in early June with Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean and more. All Joey's dates are listed below.

Earlier this week, Joey and fellow Pro Era member Nyck Caution dropped the new track "World In Your Pocket," produced by Chuck Strangers. Stream that, with a recent video of Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers interviewing each other, below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ touring, playing Central Park SummerStage with Flatbush Zombies & The Underachievers (dates, new song)"

Dead

The Grateful Dead 50th anniversary shows in Chicago and California will stream online (pay-per-view) for those unable to attend, and a $79.95 presale for the webcast for all five nights begins today (5/1) at Dead50.net.

The Chicago shows will also stream on TV and in theaters. Here's more details on the webcast, via Rolling Stone:

The pay-per-view event will be hosted by CNBC reporter Steve Liesman and feature special guest host Bill Walton, a Basketball Hall of Famer and perhaps the group's most famous Deadhead. The intermission for each show will feature taped interviews, live interviews with fans, a short documentary on the Grateful Dead directed by Justin Kreutzmann and more. The broadcast will also be accessible as a video-on-demand option for fans that can't catch the concerts live.
In related news, in addition to Dead member Phil Lesh's six NYC-area shows at the Capitol Theatre, he'll be playing one night in NYC proper on September 16 at Central Park Summerstage. For that show, Phil will be joined by Chris Robinson, Neal Casal, Eric Krasno, Adam MacDougall and Tony Leone. Tickets are on sale now.

Dead member Bill Kreutzmann will be in NYC this coming week when his book tour hits Barnes & Noble Tribeca on May 6. The tour's in support of his new memoir, Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams and Drugs with The Grateful Dead, which comes out May 5.

In other related news, there's an upcoming NYC show celebrating both the Dead's 50th anniversary and Jefferson Airplane's 50 anniversary happening August 16 at BB King's. Airplane spinoff Jefferson Starship are playing (they played a full Airplane set at that venue in March), as well as Dead tribute band Jazz Is Dead, David Freiberg's current version of San Francisco Sound band Quicksilver Messenger Service (known as Quicksilver "Happy Trails"), and a set from former Dead pianist Tom Constanten. The show will be mixed and hosted by former Dead sound engineer Dan Healy. Tickets are on sale now.

Summerstage

UK dance duo Basement Jaxx will be playing select US shows this summer, including a stop in NYC at Central Park SummerStage on July 1. It's a full live performance (not a DJ set) and tickets go on sale Friday (5/1) at noon. A presale begins Thursday (4/30) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

Check out the rest of SummerStage's schedule here. Basement Jaxx released Junto last year which you can stream via Rdio below...

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SummerStage has been leaking some of the artists playing their 2015 season, also its 30th year, for the last month and today they've announced the whole lineup and schedule. Free shows, which happen at different city parks, include Caribou, George Clinton, Dr. John, The Felice Brothers, Africa Bambaataa, The Barr Brothers, Roy Ayers, Charles Bradley, Jungle, and more. It's an expanded SummerStage season this year as well, running from May 18 - October 4, with 140 free shows.

Check out the entire schedule, broken down by genre, below...

Continue reading "SummerStage announces full 2015 lineup & schedule"

Dawes at Central Park Summerstage in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Dawes

Folk rockers Dawes recently announced their fourth full-length, All Your Favorite Bands, out June 2 via the band's HUB label. They've now shared the album's first single "Things Happen" and a video to go along with it. Check it out below.

Dawes are going out on tour with Hozier for the majority of the summer, also appearing at a few stops on Mumford and Sons' Gentlemen of the Road festival tour (including the NYC-area stop in NJ), and they play NYC proper after their appearance at NJ's XPoNential Music Festival.

The NYC show is with the similarly minded Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit (who put out their major label debut last year) and happens Central Park Summerstage on July 27 with support from Canadian folk artist Andy Shauf. Dawes are no stranger the the SummerStage, opening for Conor Oberst there last year and headlining it back in 2012. Tickets for the SummerStage show go on sale Friday (4/10) at noon.

Check out all of Dawes' and First Aid Kit's upcoming dates the video for "Things Happen" below...

Continue reading "Dawes & First Aid Kit touring separately, playing Central Park SummerStage together (dates & new video)"

by Bill Pearis

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Caribou's terrific 2014 album Our Love has just been given an expanded digital edition with seven remixes, including "Second Chance" by Cyril Hahn and two different versions of "Mars" by Head High, all of which can be streamed below. Says Caribou's Dan Snaith:

The Cyril Hahn remix is a beautiful ethereal slowed-down version of 'Second Chance' and came about in the way that many of my favorite remixes from this album did: Cyril made a bootleg mix from the album version which caught my attention and I loved it and sent him the parts to finish for the full released version...

...The Head High remixes illustrate the prowess of one of house and techno's don's - Germany's René Pawlowitz aka Head High aka Shed aka Wax aka WK7 aka Evil Fred aka The Traveller aka Wax aka... I've been hammering Head High's tunes in my DJ sets (alongside everyone else) for years. He's infallible - almost inhumanly so. His tracks reliably pulverize everything in their path.
Full tracklist for the expanded Our Love is below.

Having played two sold out shows at Webster Hall last year, Caribou will be back in NYC during the warmer months to play a SummerStage show. (SummerStage is announcing it's 2015 slate one performer a day all this month.) Date and venue have yet to be announced. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Caribou's SummerStage show happens August 6 at East River Park. It's a free show

All announced dates, plus those remix streams and live video of Caribou playing "Can't Do Without You" and "Back Home" on Later with Carson Daly, below...

Continue reading "Caribou released expanded edition of 'Our Love' (listen to remixes), playing free SummerStage show + other tour dates"

UPDATE: Full Sumerstage 2015 lineup has been announced!

photo: Summerstage 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
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We already know about some ticketed SummerStage shows happening at Rumsey Playfield in NYC's Central Park this summer: Mastodon, Clutch and Graveyard play on 5/19 (tickets), The Kooks, Atlas Genius and Joywave play on 6/24 (tickets), Father John Misty, Angel Olsen and Summer Moon will play on August 5th (tickets) and Walk the Moon on September 24 (tickets on sale Friday [3/13] at noon).

The rest of the 2015 SummerStage lineup, most of it free shows in various parks around NYC, will be announced, one artist a day, over the next 30 days. Stay tuned to this post. We'll update it each day as names are announced.

SummerStage, originally just a series of mostly-free events in Central Park, expanded to parks in all 5 boroughs of NYC a few years ago (Central Park, Red Hook park, East River Park, etc). This year is their 30th anniversary.

The first 2015 free show artist to be announced is veteran Brooklyn MC, Cold Chillin' Juice Crew member and MF Doom collaborator Masta Ace. No show date or venue yet.

UPDATE: Full Sumerstage 2015 lineup has been announced!

More SummerStage 2015 artists include Dr John, Felice Brothers, Ibeyi, Bombino, Ingrid Michaelson, Giles Peterson, The Lox, an event based around NPR's "Ask Me Another," and more. All announced 2015 SummerStage artists are listed below...

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photo: FJM @ Bowery Ballroom on Valentine's Day (more by PSquared)
Father John Misty

Tickets for the Father John Misty show at Central Park Summerstage with Angel Olsen and Summer Moon go on BrooklynVegan presale at noon today (2/18). Get yours, using the password VeganMisty.

Tickets for the show go on sale to the general public on Friday (2/20) at noon. All Father John Misty tour dates are listed HERE. He's been covering Leonard Cohen's "I'm Your Man" at shows and now a good quality video of him playing that cover in California has surfaced. Watch it below...

Continue reading "Father John Misty & Angel Olsen @ Summerstage on BrooklynVegan presale (password)"

photos by P Squared Photography

UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

Father John Misty @ Bowery Ballroom, 2/14/2015
Father John Misty
Father John Misty

To watch Father John Misty live is to be entertained. My fellow crowdsmen were all singing along, flush with smiles, too entranced to even makeout with each other--at least not excessively, thank God. His voice is better than you even thought, and it just seems to come out of his mouth, like he's not even singing. He's a showman who slings the mic-stand over his head and ends most numbers on his knees. For "Chateau Lobby #4" he brought out a trumpet player in full mariachi get-up. His dance moves are goofy and make you laugh, but actually impressive--skinny boy can shake his bones! Which makes sense for his whole persona: Half in-jest, half-devastating. At one point, a pink balloon from the crowd with the words "I love you" and a couple teddy bears on it floated to the stage, and Misty held it faux-sentimentally. -[NY Observer]
Father John Misty wrapped up his NYC visit with a show, appropriately, on Valentine's Day at Bowery Ballroom. Like Rough Trade earlier in the week, it was sold out, more packed than usual with more than your average number of fans seeking tickets outside. Guy Blakeslee opened again as well. Also like his other full-band show, Josh Tillman was in full-on entertainer mode with the crowd lapping it up. Pictures and setlist are in this post.

Father John Misty will be on tour this summer, and his next NYC show will be at Central Park Summerstage on August 5 with Angel Olsen and Summer Moon. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/20) at noon but you can get them early with the BrooklynVegan presale that starts Wednesday (2/18) at noon. Check back Wednesday morning for the presale password.

UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

Updated tour dates, plus more pictures from FJM's Valentine's Day show, below...

Continue reading "Father John Misty played Bowery Ballroom (pics), announces Summerstage show w/ Angel Olsen (BV presale included)"

Mastodon

Tickets for the Mastodon / Clutch / Graveyard show at Central Park Summerstage on May 19 go on Invisible Oranges/BrooklynVegan presale at noon today (1/22). Get yours using the PASSWORD: clutchoranges.

If you miss out on getting tickets, the general on-sale starts at noon on Friday (1/23). More tour dates HERE.

by Bill Pearis

Hollie Cook
Hollie Cook @ Glasslands in October (more by PSquared)

NYC SummerStage is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015 and you can get a taste of what's to come this year at their annual preview party which happens at Highline Ballroom on Thursday (1/8). Hollie Cook will headline, making this her second-ever NYC show. (Her first was at Glasslands in October.) Also on the bill: Montreal's harp-weilding Barr Brothers and Taylor McFerrin (yes, son of Bobby). Tickets are on sale. The Highline Show is Hollie's only show currently on her schedule. Her second album, Twice, was one of my favorite albums of 2014 and you can stream it below.

The next night (Friday, 1/9) at Highline is Neneh Cherry's first ever NYC show (tickets). Fun fact: both Neneh and Hollie were members of The Slits, albeit 25 years apart. Flyer for the SummerStage 2015 preview show below...

Continue reading "Hollie Cook, The Barr Brothers & Taylor McFerrin playing SummerStage 2015 preview show this week at Highline"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Britt was Simon AND Garfunkel, tonight in Central Park. Thank you @spoontheband !" - Eleanor Friedberger

Spoon / !!! / Operators @ Central Park 9/10/2014
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On the heels of their great new album, They Want My Soul, Spoon brought their tour to NYC last night (9/10) for a show under the stars at Central Park Summerstage. (Their second show in town this summer.) You couldn't have asked for a lovelier night, with the band casting tall sillouhettes against white panels behind them. Britt Daniel and the rest of the new lineup of Spoon were in good spirits, with the majority of the set devoted mainly to songs from the new album and 2007's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. Pictures and setlist are in this post.

Where most of Spoon's tour has been with either Hamilton Leithauser or EMA opening, Summerstage got a special undercard. !!! (chk chk chk), whose most recent album was produced by Spoon's Jim Eno, offered up a typically spirited set punky funk, with frontman Nic Offer still in those short shorts. The evening started with Dan Boeckner's new band, Operators (their third NYC show), who are now a quartet, adding onetime Hot Hot Heat member Dustin Hawthorne on bass. (Related fun fact: HHH's Dante DeCaro was in Wolf Parade.) Even though between Spoon and Operators every member of Britt and Dan's Divine Fits were in on stage at one point or another last night, the band did not make an actual appearance.

More pics from last night's Summerstage show, and Spoon's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Spoon, !!! and Operators played Central Park Summerstage (pics, setlist)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Both talented and righteous, Dev Hynes made sweet soul music AND denounced the police state at #Summerstage/#OKPat15 tonight" - Michael Azzerad

Blood Orange / Sean Nicholas Savage
Blood Orange
Blood Orange
Sean Nicholas Savage

In the latter half of the set, after dedicating "Chosen" to Michael Brown and two others, Devontè Hynes had to have a say about what's been happening recently in the world. "I hate what's happening in Ferguson right now. F-k Ferguson. F-k Lollapalooza. I hate this f-cking police state we're living in - not New York, I mean the world. I'm going after Lollapalooza and I'm going to f-cking destroy them." Really, he explained, that he just wanted to dance and couldn't because of the pain in his leg, ostensibly caused by he and his girlfriend being attacked by a security guard at Lollapalooza in retaliation for Hynes speaking out against racism and police brutality. [FDRMX]

Dev Hynes' Blood Orange project played a free Central Park Summerstage show on Saturday (8/16). It was opened by Arbutus-signed prolific lo-fi pop songwriter Sean Nicholas Savage (who played Death by Audio a night earlier) and Moses Sumney whose one-man/loop-pedal set included a Majical Cloudz cover. Blood Orange played to a capacity crowd, bringing out frequent collaborator Samantha Urbani for a few songs, Charlift's Caroline Polachek for "Chamaky," and grime vet Skepta for "High Street." As you can read in the quote above, Dev gave some politically charged speeches in between songs, as he was clearly emotional about the situation in Ferguson as well as his brush with police at Lollapalooza, where he was wearing a shirt emblazoned with the names of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and others.

Pictures of the show are in this post and continue below...

Continue reading "Blood Orange played Central Park Summerstage w/ Caroline Polachek, Skepta, more, discussed Ferguson on stage (pics)"

Spoon @ Governors Ball 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Spoon took their sweet time announcing openers for their Central Park Summerstage show on September 10. (Most dates on the tour are either with EMA or Hamilton Leithauser.) But now it is known that multi-continent funk punks !!! (chk chk chk) and Dan Boeckner's new group Operators will be the night's very high quality undercard. Tickets are still available but if you want to go for free, we've got a pair of tickets to give away. Details below.

This marks Operators third NYC show (the first was BV's Northside showcase, the second was with now tourmates Future Islands). Also, interestingly, this means all four members of Divine Fits (Boeckner and Britt Daniel's combo band) will be performing at this show. In addition to Britt Daniel and Boeckner, Divine Fits guitarist/keyboardist Alex Fischel is now in Spoon, and drummer Sam Brown is in Operators. Maybe we'll get a DF encore?

Ticket giveaway details below...

Continue reading "Operators and !!! opening for Spoon at Central Park (win tix!)"

Blood Orange at Webster Hall in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Blood Orange

Blood Orange mastermind Dev Hynes has just announced a performance of his score from Gia Coppola's new film Palo Alto (based on the book by James Franco, who also stars in the film) in tandem with a screening of the film. The performance will take place in NYC at BRIC House on October 9. Tickets will be available to BRIC members starting Tuesday August 12 at noon, and to the general public the following Tuesday, August 19, at the same time. Hynes's label, Domino, has put up a new stream of one of the tracks from the Palo Alto score, called "Fred Drives," which you can check out below.

As discussed, Blood Orange also have a free show coming up at Central Park Summerstage on August 16 with Moses Sumney and Sean Nicholas Savage.

All Blood Orange dates, including FYF Fest, are listed with the new song stream and Palo Alto trailer, below...

Continue reading "Dev Hynes performing score of James Franco film 'Palo Alto' in NYC (stream a track); Blood Orange's free NYC show is soon"

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